Sting Operation: Kia introduces 2022 Stinger GT to Canada

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Aiming high can have its rewards. The then-new Kia Stinger set its sights far above the brand’s usual targets for style and performance when the sporty sedan appeared in 2018.

It hit most of those marks – we called it excellent and legitimately competitive – and, for 2022, the brand seeks to up Stinger’s game even further.

There will be two trims available in Canada, the GT Limited and GT Elite, both powered by a 368-horsepower (three more than last year) 3.3L twin-turbo V6 engine paired with all-wheel-drive. Kia says they’ve fettled with the AWD system to offer “more dynamic” performance, though specific details are mum for now.

Suffice it to say the brand feels the changes are enough for the system to warrant a ‘second-generation’ label. If new electronics permit a bit more power shuttled to the rear for extra tail-out action on the track, we’d be down with that. A mechanical limited-slip diff will be available.

Most of the styling changes are found out back, with a new rear combination lamp stretching the width of the car, drawing much from the bad-boy Dodge Charger. There’s also a more aggressive diffuser-style panel and larger quad exhaust tips. Allegedly, the note emitting from those tips will have a newfound snarl. The car is shown here in California Red, but half a dozen other expressive colours will be available. Kia’s new logo appears, too.

Inside, the layout is familiar but several key details have been changed, starting with the addition of a 10.25-inch infotainment Jumbotron that has split-screen capability and can connect to multiple devices — no more fighting over playlists. Kia’s own app will now permit remote heating and ventilation of the seats, plus an array of driving aids such as smart cruise control and forward collision avoidance assist will also be on board.

Other cabin upgrades include a smattering of brightwork and a new frameless rearview mirror. A suede package will be available on the GT Elite trim and will feature that material on the seat inserts, headliner, dashboard, and other touch surfaces. Paired with red stitching and red seatbelts, it looks the part.

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